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GB select Beijing athletics squad

Paralympic champion Stephen Miller
Stephen Miller is aiming for his fourth Paralympic club title

UK Athletics has chosen 35 athletes for their team for this summer's Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Britain's four reigning Paralympic athletics champions Kenny Churchill, Danny Greaves, Stephen Miller and Danny Crates have all been selected.

Top wheelchair racer David Weir has been picked for five events from 400m up to the marathon.

Some talented youngsters have also been chosen, including sprinters Libby Clegg, Katrina Hart and Ben Rushgrove.

Clegg and Hart, who are both 18, and 20-year-old Rushgrove will also be targeting London in 2012 along with the likes of Hollie Arnold (13), Rebecca Chin (16), Katherine Deal (16), Mickey Bushell (18) and Ian Jones (20).

Weir, who is world record holder at 400m, 1500m and 5,000m in the T54 category, is tipped for glory in Beijing and will be competing in his third Games after winning silver and bronze in Athens four years ago.

London Marathon champion Weir and visually impaired athlete Tracey Hinton were the first British athletes to compete in the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, at the Beijing Open test event last month.

"We believe the team is exceptionally well prepared for the challenge ahead"

UK Athletics' Tim Jones

Hinton will be competing in her fifth Paralympics, aiming to add to her collection of six medals.

UK Athletics director of disability Tim Jones said: "We are pleased to be able to nominate such a strong team for Beijing, which is a real blend of both youth and experience.

"Over half of the nominated team are due to make their debut in Beijing, in particular eight of the 14 female athletes.

"As we look beyond Beijing, the ability to nurture athletes who will be able to perform in London is of paramount importance. Having the ability to expose some of these athletes in Beijing will provide them with a fantastic learning experience.

"It is important that a large majority of the travelling team is capable of winning medals, and we are confident that this will be the case in Beijing.

"We all know that the Paralympics will be the real test, but we believe this team is exceptionally well prepared for the challenge ahead."

The athletics events at the Games take place from 8-17 September.


GB team:

Men:
Brian Alldis (T54 800/1500/5000m/marathon)
Graeme Ballard (T36 100/200/400m)
Mickey Bushell (T53 100/200m)
Kenny Churchill (F37 javelin)
Michael Churm (T37 100/200m)
Danny Crates (T46 800m)
Martin Crutchley (F38 shot)
Neil Fachie (T13 100/200m)
David Gale (F51 discus)
Danny Greaves (F44 discus)
Ian Jones (T44 200/400m)
Chris Martin (F33 discus)
John McFall (T42 100m)
Stephen Miller (F32 club/discus)
Kieron Murphy (F32 club)
Daniel Nobbs (F54 shot)
Stephen Payton (T38 200/400m)
Ben Rushgrove (T36 100/200m)
Richard Schabel (F51 club/discus)
Nathan Stephens (F57 shot/discus/javelin)
Dave Weir (T54 400/800/1500/5000m/marathon)
Danny West (F34 discus/shot)

Women:
Hollie Arnold (F46 javelin)
Rebecca Chin (F44 Shot/Discus)
Libby Clegg (T12 100/200m)
Katherine Deal (T13 400/800/1500m)
Sophie Hancock (F40 shot/discus)
Katrina Hart (T37 100/200m)
Tracey Hinton (T11 100/200/400m)
Beverley Jones (F37 shot/discus)
Kim Minett (F40 shot)
Gemma Prescott (F32 shot/discus)
Hazel Simpson (T36 100/200m)
Claire Williams (F12 discus)
Shelly Woods (T54 800/1500/5000m/marathon)



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